Lawsuit challenges funding for sales tax board amid questions about its role

Two local government entities have challenged the funding mechanism for a new state board meant to help taxpayers and collectors navigate Louisiana’s complex sales tax system.

Local governments generally are wary of state intervention in local sales tax collection. But attorney Dannie Garrett III said his clients, the Plaquemines Parish Council and the St. James Parish School Board, do not oppose the existence of the Louisiana Uniform Local Sales Tax Board, only its funding stream.

“I don’t think the legislature can take a tax passed by the voters of a local parish or city or school board and siphon off a piece of it to fund something the legislature creates,” he said…


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